razz·​ma·​tazz | \ ˌraz-mə-ˈtaz How to pronounce razzmatazz (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Less glitz, less glamour, but also less of the gaudy cornball razzmatazz that often leads to impromptu embarrassment and painful jokes. Gene Seymour, CNN, "What we really learned at the Oscars," 26 Apr. 2021 Its market is far bigger and more creative, with tech firms blending e-commerce, social media and razzmatazz to become online-shopping emporia for 850m digital consumers. The Economist, "The great mall of China Why retailers everywhere should look to China," 30 Dec. 2020 And there’s a loose, jazzy verve to the production, a sort of sonic and visual razzmatazz that gives the film a fanciful Oceans 11-style gloss. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Meryl Streep leads Steven Soderbergh's delightfully shaggy Let Them All Talk: Review," 3 Dec. 2020 Temptations to facile irony and other razzmatazz rob his style of precision. Philip Martin, Arkansas Online, "CRITICAL MASS: Poetic history — The essential veracity of Dee Brown’s corrective history, ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,’ turns 50," 16 Aug. 2020 Looking for clues of Branson’s pre-razzmatazz past, Barger toured the limestone Marvel Cave, where her mom hung out. National Geographic, "Will travel improve after the virus subsides?," 21 July 2020 There was none of the kind of paraphernalia and operational razzmatazz that surrounds a lot of films of this scale. Emily J. Lordi, Billboard, "Wade Robson and James Safechuck on Surviving Michael Jackson and Creating 'Leaving Neverland'," 21 Mar. 2019 And the authoritarian military generals moved in a fascinating combination of fascist goose-stepping and Broadway razzmatazz. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Theater Best of 2019: Choreography," 5 Dec. 2019 But for all the razzmatazz of Mr Modi’s recent rally with Donald Trump in Houston, there has been little progress on difficult issues. The Economist, "Foreign policyIndia’s foreign policy remains cautious and unimaginative," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of razzmatazz

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for razzmatazz

probably alteration of razzle-dazzle

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The first known use of razzmatazz was in 1917

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“Razzmatazz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/razzmatazz. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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: noisy and exciting activity meant to attract attention

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